Policemen stand armed behind the monument commemorating the November 1938 pogrom night as they secure the area around the synagogue in Dresden on October 9, 2019./ AFP
 
Gunmen in Wednesday’s shooting in the German city of Halle sought to enter a synagogue but security measures in place helped to “withstand the attack”, a Jewish community leader told Spiegel Online.
Max Privorotzki, who heads the community in Halle, added that between 70 and 80 people were in the synagogue on a day when Jews around the world were marking Yom Kippur, one of the holiest days in the Hebrew calendar.

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